Synthes, Stryker Settle Trade Secrets Suit Over Sales Reps

Law360, New York (March 16, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT) -- A sales unit of spinal implant maker Synthes Inc. on Wednesday agreed to a settlement with competitor Stryker Corp. in a suit accusing three ex-Synthes sales representatives of stealing trade secrets with Stryker's backing, in violation of nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements.

Synthes USA Sales LLC in December sued former sales representatives Michael Russell, Kristen Phillips-Cheng and Jonathan Sassani for allegedly using proprietary information, such as client lists and pricing data, to help them solicit Synthes customers after taking jobs with Stryker.

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